Environmental Impact Assessment isn’t a box-ticking exercise
April 16, 2019 10:16 am
The Environment Minister has issued a stern reminder that the process for the Environmental Impact Assessment is not a box-ticking exercise.
Dr. Mahendra Reddy says the EIA process is inclusive, participatory, and transparent as well as ensure all concerns raised are addressed.
An EIA is undertaken to maintain the effective control and the sustainable use of our natural resources.
Dr Reddy says the ministry will be carrying out a series of workshop on EIA throughout the country to ensure there’s more awareness on it.
“Existing investors those who are operating on the ground and also future potential investors it is important that you consult us when you planning to undertake any development so that we guide you into ensuring that how you protect our environment.”
He says the workshop will enable everyone to have a clear understanding on the requirements, processes and timeliness to ensure investors factor these in.
The series of workshop will begin from next week in Sigatoka, Nadi, Suva and Labasa.
The Minister also reiterated they will continue to carry out its regulatory role to safeguard and protect our waterways and environment.
He adds they will also take action against any developer that doesn’t comply with the legal means available to the ministry.